The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)
In Mary’s world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future—between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?

Paperback, 310 pages
Published July 2009 by Gollancz (first published January 1st 2009)
**From Goodreads**

I was excited for many months about reading this book. It was a good read, but I was still disappointed in it. Maybe it was all the good things I heard about it, and it was well written, it just didn’t make my expectations.

Mary is raised in a close-knit community that has a fence surrounding them from Unconsecrated (zombies), then one day the Unconsecrated make it past the fence and into the village. From then survival is key. Finding a place that is save, but at the same time she wants to follow her dream and find the ocean.

With the setting of the book (fenced community, fenced pathways leading away from the village), you know there’s not a whole lot that can happen. It’s unknown to where the pathways go to, so you’re blindly following paths with unknown markings, hoping to find a save place (or even the ocean).